We dream of meeting the love of our lives and spending a lifetime with them. And when the time comes, you will feel sure of getting down on your knees to pop the question with a beautiful engagement ring.
But how do you choose the right one to propose with? This decision may seem considerably harder due to the broader range of options available today. Plus, this ring is a physical representation of the bond you share with your partner and symbolises a lifelong promise and commitment. It is an investment, both in materiality and symbolism, so you would want to ensure that you are spending on a ring that will last long. To help you out with your proposal, here are the 4Ps you need to consider when picking out a ring.
1. Personal style
An individual’s personal style is not just limited to mere clothing choices. When it comes to jewellery, it is also an indicator of her taste and preference. As such, you will need to consider your partner’s sense of style and her preferences when shopping for a ring.
To start off, you will need to explore the basics of what makes a ring. Picking out the gem alone involves plenty of considerations. For instance, you will need to think about the kind of stone your partner might like. Will she prefer the classic, clear diamond or would something more colourful be more well-suited to her taste? While there are different cuts of diamonds available, round cut gems have always remained popular throughout time.
The diamond cut also influences how well its facets interact with light, so you can marvel at the diamond’s stunning visual display from how scintillating it is. If you need a hand, consult with your jeweler on the variety of diamond cuts available to find one that matches your partner’s style!
Seeing how significant an engagement ring or a wedding band is, it needs to be able to retain its brilliance for many years to come. As such, it is best to take note of how the ring can be maintained by considering your partner’s lifestyle.
If your partner often uses her hands in her daily activities while wearing the ring, then it is bound to accumulate dirt and grime faster than usual. If this is the case, choose a classic solitaire ring as it is relatively easy to get cleaned.
Additionally, consider her occupation and work environment as well. Depending on what she works as, it may not be wise to select a diamond ring with the classic prong setting. Instead, you can choose one with a bezel or channel setting that secures the diamond in place while boasting a simplistic, sleek look.
At the same time, the longevity of the ring also depends on its durability – and nothing is better than the timeless diamond. On the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, diamonds rank at the top of the scale as the hardest and most durable natural substance on Earth. What this means is it has a resistance to being scratched, so your diamond ring has longevity that is fit for a love that lasts forever. And interestingly enough, lab grown diamonds are just as hard and durable. They are made up of the same carbon material, although they are grown in a lab, instead of taking billions of years to form deep in the Earth’s mantle. Lab grown diamonds make the best alternative to mined diamonds, especially when they can last for a long time.
Your budget will definitely be another aspect to consider when shopping for your engagement ring. If your dream ring choice falls within budget, you can use the savings for your future wedding expenses.
One good thing about the jewellery industry currently is the availability of lab grown diamonds, which presents a more affordable alternative as compared to the classic mined diamonds.
Our Star Carat lab grown diamonds collection offers 50% less for a 1 carat diamond ring price than a 0.5 carat mined diamond. This means you can surprise your loved one with a bigger stone that is twice the size to don on her hand. Our lab grown diamonds also undergo the stringent 4C diamond grading, similar to mined diamonds, and they qualify as Type IIA diamond category which speaks to its superior quality.
While there are also cheaper diamond simulants such as moissanite and cubic zirconia, ultimately, nothing comes close to the desirable characteristics of an actual mined diamond than a lab grown diamond, which is fortunately also price-accessible.
4. Personal values
Last but not least, personal values are also worth thinking about when purchasing an engagement ring. If your partner is someone who advocates the importance of sustainability and caring for the environment, lab grown diamonds would be the ideal choice for her!
Between mined and lab grown diamonds, the only difference they share is their origins, as their name refers to. Since the method of growing lab created diamonds does not involve heavy underground mining through the Earth’s crust, this presents a more environmentally sustainable option for a ring. And the good thing is – lab grown diamonds are optically and physically identical to its mined counterpart.
These factors are just some of the things you need to consider before you shop for an engagement ring for your beloved. At the end of the day, you would want to propose with a ring that she will love, cherish and be proud to wear after saying yes.
Let us guide you on this exciting journey! Book an e-appointment through our website – you can shop for diamonds at the comforts of your home with the help of our virtual consultant to pick out a beautiful diamond ring for your proposal!